Photo: Monies to help plan for a new library is part of the recently received $1.1 million in state funds.
With thanks to state legislators and town officials, Belmont has received $1.1 million from the state of Massachusetts to fund some of the town’s “extra” expenses that would have been waiting until the next budget cycle.
The source of the funding is from the $5.3 billion the state was allocated from President Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan Act, the $1.9 trillion funding package to promote recovery from the economic and health effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the related recession. The $1.1 million is coming from a separate pot of funds than the $7.6 million in ARPA monies distributed as part of the bill’s Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.
“This is funding that the town of Belmont has been able to secure thanks to state Rep. Dave Rogers and state Sen. Will Brownsberger,” Town Administrator Patrice Garvin told the Select Board at its first meeting in December. “This is great news for the town.”
Select Board member Mark Paolillo also thanked Garvin as she started the conversation to find state funds to pay for aspects of the skating rink’s planning and design, leading to this larger allocation.
The funding will be spent on several projects in town outside of the budget:
- $250,000, the new Belmont Public Library
- $250,000, the new Belmont skating rink
- $100,000, economic development
- $500,000 public housing
The public housing portion includes:
- $250,000, water and sewer infrastructure improvements at Belmont Village
- $150,000, improvements at Waverley Oaks
- $100,000, redevelopment of Sherman Gardens